Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Voodoo Death"

The following is taken from Voodoo And Hoodoo by Jim Haskins;

"In 1969 a 22-year-old woman dashed into the emergency room of a Baltimore hospital and hysterically begged for help. Her twenty-third birthday was only three days away and she was sure she was going to die before it came. The bewildered emergency room staff calmed her down and asked her to tell them why she believed she was going to die. She had been born on a Friday the Thirteenth in the area of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, the young woman explained. After her birth it had been discovered that the midwife who had delivered her was a "voodoo" [Hoodoo Woman] and that she cursed every child born on such a fateful day. The young woman knew of two other girls born on a Friday the Thirteenth in the same area whom the same midwife had cursed. The midwife had predicted that one would never live to be sixteen. That girl had died in a car accident when she was fifteen. The midwife had said that the second girl would never see twenty-one. She had been shot and killed in a gun fight in a night club on the eve of her twenty-first birthday. The third girl faced her questioners in the hospital in Baltimore and told them the midwife had said she would never live to be twenty-three. Though skeptical, the hospital staff admitted the young woman for observation. The next morning a nurse found her dead in bed. Cause of death was listed as unknown."

The phenomena is called "Voodoo Death" and believe it or not, it is a real occurrence. Though most doctors and scientists don't believe in the power of Voodoo, they do believe in the power of the mind.

It is a known fact that prolonged periods of fear cause brain damage, weaken the immune system, and produce large amounts of stress in the body.

Combine such a state with the mind's absolute belief that one is going to die and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent it, and voila! A bona fide case of "Voodoo Death" often results.

Originally, the term "Voodoo Death" applied only to cases where people died due to their belief they were cursed. With time the phrase has been applied to any manner of unexplained death of a seemingly healthy individual who has undergone a period of intense fear.


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Voodoo & Hoodoo by Jim Haskins

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